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Bret Victor Feb 20
Replying to @modernserf
a nice chaser to "From Counterculture to Cyberculture" is Theodore Roszak's "From Satori to Silicon Valley"
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Bret Victor Feb 19
A full statement is of the form: "x" claims "y" is a frog. When you write When /a/ is a frog: it's actually shorthand for writing: When /someone/ claims /a/ is a frog: If you care about the claimer, you would write: When /claimer/ claims /a/ is a frog
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Bret Victor Feb 18
(btw, thank you for provoking this -- it's helpful as I'm preparing to write up Realtalk and need to understand the misconceptions that need to be addressed)
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Bret Victor Feb 15
Replying to @rrherr
the diagram came from a book on Etoys (I *think* this one but it's also in here ) and was intended in earnest by the authors! Don't be embarrassed, it's probably good pedagogy when used well, and patronizing when used poorly.
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Bret Victor Feb 15
Replying to @joannekcheung
and not only that, alexander graham kite invented the tetrahedral bell!
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Bret Victor Feb 15
Replying to @rrherr
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Bret Victor Feb 14
at least, hutchins is claiming that the cognitive evolution of culture proceeds in this way (by re-encoding tasks in better representations rather than continuing to puzzle through them). Evolution is a slow gradual process, of course.
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Bret Victor Feb 14
my interpretation is something like: shenzhen i/o is fun/challenging/funny because you're solving trivial tasks using inadequate representations (eg asm). For work that "actually matters", better strategy may be to seek better representations rather than cope with puzzle-solving
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Bret Victor Feb 14
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Bret Victor Feb 14
spotted a xerox alto in its natural habitat
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Bret Victor Feb 1
Replying to @rsnous @ncasenmare
alan has been arguing this about SimCity (and opaque simulations in general) since the beginning, e.g.
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Bret Victor Jan 26
Replying to @avibryant @rsnous
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Bret Victor Jan 24
Replying to @rsnous
it's even interactive past a fault!
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Bret Victor Jan 23
Replying to @worrydream
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Bret Victor Jan 16
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Bret Victor Jan 16
Replying to @joannekcheung
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Bret Victor Jan 16
Replying to @joannekcheung
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Bret Victor Jan 8
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Bret Victor Jan 7
Replying to @joannekcheung
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Bret Victor Dec 29
use of this sticker contractually binds you to think about things:
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